Jaya Ekadashi is a fasting practice that is observed on the ‘ekadashi’ tithi during the Shukla Paksha (the bright fortnight of moon) in the month of ‘Magh’ in the Hindu calendar. If you follow the Gregorian calendar it falls between the months of January-February. It is believed that if this ekadashi falls on a Thursday, it is even more auspicious. This ekadashi is also celebrated in the honour of Lord Vishnu, one of the three main Hindu deities.
The Jaya Ekadashi fast is observed by almost all Hindus, especially Lord Vishnu followers to receive His divine blessings. It is also a popular belief that by keeping this ekadashi fast, all the sins get washed away and the person will attain salvation. Jaya Ekadashi is also popularly referred as ‘Bhoumi Ekadashi’ and ‘Bhishma Ekadashi’ in some Hindu communities of South India, particularly the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Jaya Ekadashi 2018 was on January 27 Saturday
Rituals on the Jaya Ekadashi:
- The main observer on the day of Jaya Ekadashi is the vrat. The devotees observe fasting for the whole day, without eating or drinking anything. In fact the vrat begins from the ‘dashami’ tithi (10th day). No food is eaten on this day after sunrise to ensure that complete fast is kept on ekadashi. Hindu devotees keep waterless fast from the sunrise of ekadashi until the sunrise of ‘dwadashi’ tithi (12th day). While fasting, the person must not let the feelings of anger, lust or greed enters their mind. This vrat is meant to purify both the body and the soul. The observer of this vrat must offer foods to respected Brahmins on the dwadashi tithi and then break their fast. One who keeps the vrat should not sleep all night and sing bhajans praising Lord Vishnu.
- For people who cannot observe complete fasting, can even keep partial fast on milks and fruits. This exception is meant for elderly people, pregnant women and for those suffering from serious body ailments.
- Even those who do not wish to fast on Jaya Ekadashi must abstain from eating food made from rice and all forms of grains. Applying oil on body is also not allowed.
- Lord Vishnu is worshipped with complete dedication on Jaya Ekadashi. Devotees get up at sunrise and take an early bath. A small idol of Lord Vishnu is kept on the place of worship and the devotees offer sandalwood paste, sesame seeds, fruits, lamp and dhoop, to the lord. Reciting ‘Vishnu Sahastranaam’ and ‘Narayan Stotra’ is considered propitious on this day.
Important Timings On Jaya Ekadashi
|Sunrise||27-Jan-2018 07:12 AM|
|Sunset||27-Jan-2018 18:06 PM|
|Dwadashi End Moment||29-Jan-2018 05:18 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Begins||27-Jan-2018 11:14 AM|
|Ekadashi Tithi Ends||28-Jan-2018 08:27 AM|
|Hari Vasara End Moment||28-Jan-2018 13:40 PM|
|Parana Time||07:12 AM - 09:23 AM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
Significance of Jaya Ekadashi:
The importance and story of Jaya Ekadashi is mentioned in the ‘Padma Purana’ and ‘Bhavisyothara Purana’. Sri Krishna also described the greatness and way of observing this auspicious ekadashi vrat to King Yudhisthira, the eldest of the five Pandav brothers. Jaya Ekadashi vrat is so powerful that it can free the person from the most heinous sins committed, even ‘Brahma Hatya’. Jaya Ekadashi vrat holds double significance for the fact that ekadashi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the month of ‘Magh’ in which it falls is auspicious for Lord Shiva puja. Therefore this ekadashi is very important for devotees of both, Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
Jaya Ekadashi festival dates between 2015 & 2025
|2015||Friday, 30th of January|
|2016||Thursday, 18th of February|
|2017||Tuesday, 7th of February|
|2018||Saturday, 27th of January|
|2019||Saturday, 16th of February|
|2020||Wednesday, 5th of February|
|2021||Tuesday, 23rd of February|
|2022||Saturday, 12th of February|
|2023||Wednesday, 1st of February|
|2024||Tuesday, 20th of February|
|2025||Saturday, 8th of February|